Summer Rage Sauce: Big Cat 2000

Archived: originally posted on 10/8/2010

Phish played seven shows in Japan in 2000, Big Cat was the sixth and proved to be a stellar outing. It contained jams in both the first and second sets, the second containing, practically, only four songs.

Set 1: NICU > Chalk Dust Torture, AC/DC Bag, Uncle Pen, Ghost, Frankie Says, The Divided Sky, Farmhouse

Set 2: Down with Disease, The Lizards, Bike > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Gotta Jibboo

On 6/15, they opened with a seemingly-backwards combo of NICU > Chalkdust. ┬áThe band jumped into the improvisational abyss with an extended AC/DC Bag. Trey stumbles through a rendition of Uncle Pen, reminiscent to something from Post-Hiatus or 3.0 Phish. However, a mid-first set Ghost really cranks the energy up to 11; it’s textured and exciting.

Out of the end of the eerie Ghost came something that I wish Phish would bring back: Frankie Says. Phish treats the Japanese crowd to the beloved favorite of Divided Sky before closing with a particularly soulful take on Farmhouse, it’s beautiful.

Phish comes out to please their overseas phans in the second set; they bust out a near 30-minute Down with Disease that rages for the first 12 minutes before sinking into 99-00 style funk (the kind with no wah pedal), with Trey just rolling above the euphoric dark waters the rest of the band anchors the jam by. This DwD is a must hear for any fan. Lizards comes out of the intense jam session before heading into a playful Bike.

The You Enjoy Myself that closes the second set is completly one-of-a-kind sounding with Trey using a sort of bouncy playing style that sounds rubbery–I have no idea how I can properly explain it. The vocal jam has a lot of weird gibberish banter. They come back out after a couple minutes for a 13 minute Gotta Jibboo.

This recording is a remastered soundboard recording. You’ll wanna get your hands on this! Enjoy your weekend and make sure to bump this between the streams of ACL and Broomfield!